Temporary closure of Arrow Lakes Hospital in Nakusp on the weekend

Arrow Lakes Hospital had a temporary closure of the emergency department over the weekend.

Interim Health Services Administrator for Kootenay Boundary Suzanne Lee says on Saturday, they had two separate short notice calls from staff, and they were unable to find additional staffing, so they closed the emergency department between midnight and 7.

She says it was an unfortunate situation, and they hope it won't happen again.

She says while they have a full complement of permanent staff, the challenge is in recruiting casual staff in rural and remote sites.